Actionable Oral Health Resolutions For A Brighter And Healthier Smile
Have you set some goals about having a healthier lifestyle this year? Why not make it a goal to improve your oral health? Here are new oral health resolutions that will go a long way toward giving you a brighter and healthier smile this year.
Pick the right toothbrush
You know you have to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. But do you know how to choose the right toothbrush? A good toothbrush should be able to reach the places that need cleaning. And one important thing your toothbrush should have are soft bristles. The bristles need to be flexible, the kind that bends right under your gums. You may think that hard bristles are more effective in removing bacteria and plaque. But the truth is soft bristles effectively clean your teeth and gums. Hard bristles are actually harsh and can wear down the structure of your tooth.
Change your toothbrush regularly
It could be hard for you to give up a good toothbrush. But when bristles start to wear, it’s time to change your toothbrush. Worn bristles are less effective at cleaning your teeth. Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three to four months. This maybe a common knowledge to some, but we put strong emphasis to this resolution as many people tend to forget and choose to forget how important changing of toothbrush really is.
Harder isn’t better
In brushing your teeth, harder isn’t better. Don’t scrub your teeth too hard, thinking that it will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums. Plaque is actually soft and loose, so there’s no need to scrub hard. Gently brush your teeth and gums as if you’re massaging them.
Ditch the soda
Soda is harsh on teeth. Citric acid and phosphoric acid give soda its bite. Fizzy seems fun, but it actually eats away your tooth’s surface. Occasional soda is fine, but a can/glass or more a day will soften your tooth enamel and will make it susceptible to cavities. Drink water instead. Add some flavor such as mint leaves, lemon, or sliced citrus.
Consume Calcium and other Vitamins
Your teeth need plenty of calcium and other vitamins. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese are good for your teeth and bones. Calcium supplements depending on your doctor’s prescription are also good. Vitamin D is necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Vitamin B complex also protects your teeth and gums from bleeding and cracking. Other vitamins like copper, iron, iodine, potassium, and zinc are also essential for a healthy dental hygiene.
Visit your dentist every 6 months
By seeing your dentist every 6 months for regular checkups, you’d be able to prevent oral health problems that will cause you discomfort. This will also help avoid more comprehensive or expensive treatment. Regular visits also allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and possibly recommend a dental health routine to address areas of concern.
This new year, resolve to have a healthier diet, to quit smoking and to maintain an oral hygiene routine. Proper oral hygiene is more than just clean teeth and fresh breath; it is one of the best ways to help maintain good overall health. Start doing these actionable oral health resolutions now for a healthier lifestyle.